Fall is in full swing. Since for many of us it's one of our favorite times of the year I wanted to take a minute, and reflect on how we can get the most out of it.
Where I live in New England the leaves have started to change. As I write this the sun is shining, and the air is slightly crisp. It's the kind of perfect fall day that makes you want to put on your favorite cozy sweater , sip some chai, and plan a visit to the apple orchard.
But as Target loves to remind us with their prominently displayed Christmas and New Year's decorations in October (ugh, not there yet) this time of year goes all too quickly.
So let's lean in and enjoy the season while we can.
Here's Seven Simple Ways to Have Your Best Fall Ever - and feel happier, healthier , and more productive.
1. Go to bed 20-30 minutes earlier than you normally do. It doesn't sound like much, but I've been experimenting with this over the past few weeks, and I feel so much more refreshed when I make it happen. It's also nice to not feel so rushed in the morning.
2. Plan a date night in for yourself. Do all your favorite self care things. Some ideas - make yourself a nice meal (or order in your favorite take out ) play the Michael Buble channel while cooking to really set the mood ,take a long bubble bath complete with candles and a book, watch a halloween or fall-esque movie (When Harry Met Sally is a fav, the changing NYC leaves are magic) light a fall candle, and just get cozy. You don't need a partner to treat yourself to a nice night in.
3. Eat the frog. Essentially this means doing the toughest thing on your to do list FIRST. If you're at all prone to procrastination this can make a big impact. I used to move around my most dreaded or challenging work to the end of the day. I always felt like certain work and tedious tasks were looming over my head. Getting it done first thing feels so good. This can also apply to your workouts if that's the thing you procrastinate.
4. Cook with seasonal produce. Some of the best produce this time of year:
+sweet potatoes. My family loves this sweet potato recipe.
+ brussels sprouts